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Frequently Asked Questions

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Sevin® is a brand of highly effective insecticides that are part of the GardenTech® family of products. Consumers have trusted Sevin® brand products to control a wide variety of insect pests for more than 50 years. Sevin® insecticides provide consumers with a broad spectrum of control, killing more insect pests in more places than other leading brands.
Sevin® Insect Killer products are available as Ready to Use, Concentrate and Ready to Spray liquid formulations, as well as a ready-to-use granular product. Sevin®-5 product is available as a ready-to-use 5% dust formulation.
Sevin® Insect Killer Ready to Use, Concentrate and Ready to Spray products contain the active ingredient zeta-cypermethrin. The active ingredients in Sevin® Insect Killer Granules are zeta-cypermethrin and bifenthrin. Sevin®-5 Ready-To-Use 5% Dust contains the active ingredient carbaryl.
Sevin® products are non-systemic insecticides. This means that the product is not absorbed into the plant or distributed through the plant's systems. Sevin® products remain on the plant surface and kill insects by contact when they crawl on the treated plant or ingest the treated plant surface. Sevin® insecticides continue controlling pests as they gradually break down in the environment.
Sevin® products are broad-spectrum insecticides. This means they control a wide range of insect pests. However, the number and types of insects controlled depend on the product. Sevin® Insect Killer liquid products kill and control more than 500 insect pests. Sevin® Insect Killer Granules kill more than 100 insects. Sevin®-5 Ready-To-Use 5% Dust kills more than 65 insect pests. Each product label lists the insect pests it kills and controls.
The best time to apply pesticides is during morning and evening hours when winds are calm and no rain is forecast for 24 to 48 hours. This reduces the likelihood that products may be blown or washed away. It also minimizes unintentional contact with beneficial pollinator insects, which are most active during daytime hours. Sevin® products can be used throughout the growing season. Refer to product labels for required intervals between treatment and harvest of edible crops.
A pre-harvest interval (PHI) represents the minimum number of days you should allow between pesticide treatments and harvests of edible crops, such as fruits and vegetables. These intervals allow time for the environment to breakdown any pesticide residue so crops are ready for human consumption. Pre-harvest intervals vary depending on the pesticide products and the type of plant involved. When treating edible plants, always verify the PHI on the product label and follow label instructions carefully.
With Sevin® Insect Killer liquid products, keep the treated area free of people and pets until the product spray has dried. For granular applications, wait until the treated area has been watered in and dries thoroughly. For dust, wait until the dust has settled before re-entering the treated area.
It is a violation of federal law to use pesticide products in a manner inconsistent with their labeling. This includes not following listed safety precautions. Label guidelines are included for the safety of you and those around you. Everyone reacts to chemicals differently. Following label precautions minimizes any risks associated with that pesticide formulation.
Never combine different chemicals unless their labels specifically recommend mixing the products and include directions for using the combination. You can apply back-to-back treatments of different products, as long as label instructions don't prohibit it. If you are applying two liquid products, it's typically better to treat the most important problem first. Wait about a week before applying the second chemical or the second application may wash away the first.
Sevin® insecticides can be applied to new sod or newly seeded areas. If you are applying granules, which must be watered in to release the active ingredient, or you're applying a heavy liquid solution, take care not to wash away seed that has not yet taken root.
Temperatures do not significantly impact the effectiveness or usability of Sevin® brand insecticides. However, temperatures do have a significant effect on insects and their activity. Insects are cold-blooded creatures whose body temperatures are regulated by the temperatures around them. They don't get moving unless it is warm. Temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for treating insects with Sevin® insecticides and maximizing your results.
For safety reasons, Sevin® Insect Killer Ready to Use and Sevin® Insect Killer Ready to Spray are sold in non-refillable containers.
Sevin®-5 Ready-To-Use 5% Dust comes in a ready-to-use shaker container and should only be used dry. The product is not intended to be mixed with water.
You can spray Sevin® insecticides on your household plants, if you take the plants outside for treatment. Wait until they dry before you bring them back inside. For houseplants that spend summer outdoors, treating with Sevin® insecticides before plants come back inside helps prevent plant pests from moving indoors.
Never apply Sevin® products to household pets or other animals. Pet-appropriate products and information are available at pet stores or through your local veterinarian. In the past, some Sevin® dust products listed instructions for animal treatments. Those Sevin® products were discontinued and are no longer for sale.
Sevin® products should never be applied to people. When applied in the garden and landscape, always follow product label directions. Wear gloves and long sleeves when applying insecticides in any form, and apply in such a way to avoid contact with people and pets. Keep treatment areas free of people and pests during applications and until the treated area has dried.
Sevin® liquid pesticides are non-staining formulations. They can be used on plants, trees, soil and lawns, and on building foundations up to a maximum height of three feet. Limit other outdoor applications of these non-staining products to spot or crack-and-crevice treatments, as instructed on the product labels.
Sevin® pesticides are registered for outdoor application only and should not be applied indoors, on bedding, on pets, or in vehicles.
Sevin® pesticides are registered for outdoor application only and should not be applied indoors, on bedding, on pets, or in vehicles.
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 When storing Sevin® pesticides, or any chemical products, follow these guidelines:

  • Store Sevin® products out of the reach of children and pests, preferably in a locked storage area.
  • Store Sevin® products in a cool, dry place in their original container or packaging.
  • Store Sevin® products away from any heat sources, such as a heater or dryer, to prevent heating and melting of the container.
  • Protect Sevin® products against exposure to freezing or elevated temperatures. If products are exposed to temperature extremes for an extended period of time, dispose of them properly and do not use them again. Exposure to extreme temperatures voids any guarantee of product effectiveness and can alter chemical products significantly.
No. If slugs and snails are affecting your plants (visible signs can be mucin trails or holes in plants and leaves), try using Corry's Slug & Snail Killer to stop the damage. Slugs and snails are considered mollusks and should be controlled with molluscicides - not insecticides.

Over’n Out!® Advanced

Over'n Out!® Advanced is a granular, broadcast, fire ant control product. One application yields 6 months of control. The advanced formula makes it fast acting as well. Over'n Out!® Advanced is less labor intensive and is the new standard in fire ant control.
Over'n Out! Advanced contains 0.20% bifenthrin and 0.05% Zeta-Cypermethirn. An efficacious combination of actives for imported fire ants.
Apply to your yard with a drop or broadcast (cyclone type) spreader. The settings for most spreaders are listed on the back of the bag. Use the setting recommended for your spreader, and always calibrate your spreader and water after application.
Yes, control is only achieved when Over'n Out!® Advanced product is watered in after application. Watering washes the granules from the lawn foliage, releases the active ingredient, and allows the product to work.
Keep out of reach of children and animals. Store in original containers only. Store in a cool, dry place, preferably in a locked storage area and avoid excess heat.
Apply during the morning or early evening when it is cool and the imported fire ants are most active, foraging for food. While early spring is the best time to treat, you can apply the product anytime during the year if you notice the presence of fire ants in your yard.
After the product is watered in and the treated area is dry, children and pets can re-enter the area.
When a queen survives, the colony 'relocates' their mound a short distance from its original location. A broadcast treatment prevents this from happening, as well as re-infestation from outside colonies.
Yes, mound treatment will control the mound within 15 minutes. Control is optimized by combining broadcast applications that control foraging workers and newly mated fly-in queens with mound treatment that will control exiting colonies.
Apply Over'n Out!® Advanced to your lawn, ornamentals, flowers, and home foundations (perimeter).
If your neighbor has fire ants and they don't treat their lawn, you may see a few foraging ants in your yard. If they enter your yard, they will come into contact with Over'n Out!® Advanced and die, but they will not transfer enough active ingredients to your neighbors’ yard to eliminate their fire ants. The best course of action is to encourage neighbors in adjacent yards to treat with Over'n Out!® Advanced.
One application of Over'n Out!® Advanced provides six months of control.
GardenTech® has issued a money-back guarantee that homeowners will have six months of fire ant control with Over'n Out!® Advanced.
Over'n Out!® Advanced is specifically formulated to control imported fire ants. Please visit Sevin® products for options that control these types of insects. Click here for Sevin® brand insecticides.
You can apply Over’n Out around the garden, but not directly in the garden. Leave a 3 foot barrier between product application and the garden.
Over’n Out! Advanced should not be applied in areas where animals graze.
It is required to follow safety precautions listed with a product, as it is a violation of Federal Law to use the product in a manner inconsistent with the labeling. These guidelines are there for the safety of you and those around you. Everyone has a different reaction to chemicals, and following precautions minimizes exposures to risks associated with the formulation.
You are not allowed to mix two different chemicals together, unless the label specifically recommends directions for use mixing the two products. You can apply back-to-back treatments — just take into consideration that if you are applying two liquid products to a plant, the first application will be washed away. In this case, it would be best to treat the most important problem first, wait about a week, and apply the second chemical.


Daconil® is an effective fungicide that provides protection against a broad spectrum of fungal diseases, simplifying the control of diseases in your yard and garden.
Daconil® can be used to prevent plant diseases before they happen, and protect against future outbreaks. Daconil® is non-systemic, which means it is not absorbed or distributed throughout the plant, but adheres to the plant surface to control the fungal spores.
Chlorothalonil is the active ingredient in Ready-to-use and Concentrate.
Daconil® is available in a Ready-To-Use bottle with a hand sprayer, as well as a pint-sized concentrate bottle.
Daconil® is not labeled for lawn applications and should only be applied according to the label directions.
Daconil can be used on houseplants. The plants should be taken outside to be sprayed. Allow the spray to dry before bringing the plants back indoors. See the product label for a complete list of all plant diseases controlled by Daconil. We recommend checking the product label to confirm your plant and disease before applying Daconil.
Inside the Daconil® label on the back label on the bottle, the pre-harvest interval is listed for all of the treatable plants. Find your vegetable or fruit in the list, then look to the far right of the page and you will see the listed pre-harvest intervals.
A pre-harvest interval (PHI) is the minimum number of days you should wait before harvesting your fruits or vegetables after applying Daconil®. The PHI is the number of days needed for the environment to metabolize and break down the product before the harvest of your edibles. You should always check the PHI on the product label and follow the instructions carefully.
When storing any Daconil® product, follow these guidelines:
  • As with any chemical, you need to store Daconil® products out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked storage area.
  • Keep Daconil® products away from any heat sources, such as a heater or dryer, to prevent heating and melting of the container.
  • Store the products in a cool, dry place.
  • If the product is exposed to freezing or elevated temperatures for an extended period of time, do not use the product again. We do not guarantee that the product will work because of the alteration of the chemical due to the extreme temperature changes.
  • Store Daconil® products in its original container or packaging.
When Daconil Ready-to-Use is applied according the label directions, people and pets can re-enter the treated area after sprays have dried.


RootBoost™ stimulates root development, encourages uniform root growth and helps listed plant cuttings root more easily.
RootBoost™ is available in a 2-ounce plastic container.
When taking cuttings, you should pour out a small amount onto a paper plate or something that you will throw away when you’re done, then dip the cutting into the RootBoost™ on the plate. This will eliminate the possibility of contaminating the RootBoost™ inside the container.
RootBoost™ is specifically formulated to be used only on cuttings. It has no effect on established plants.
Rooting can take 3–5 weeks, depending on the plant species.
No, RootBoost™ is not meant to be mixed with water and doing so will dilute the product and its effectiveness.
No, RootBoost™ is only made to be used on ornamental plants.
Rooting medium provides physical support, water and oxygen. Many types of rooting medium is available. The most common are sand, perlite, peat, vermiculite or a mixture of these four. Potting soil and a commercial soilless mix are also available at most retailers. Water is not recommended to use as a rooting medium. The medium should be free of weeds and disease, and moist before inserting the cuttings.
Leaves, buds, and branches originate from the stem at specific locations, called nodes. These areas are often slightly swollen. Multiple plant structures may originate from a single node. Each plant may have several nodes.